Friday, June 29, 2007

A call to save Luxor

Al Ahram Weekly
An important report published on Al Ahram Weekly - go to the page for the complete report.

Report: "Ongoing Development of the City of Luxor, Egypt"
Submitted to: UNESCO's International Heritage Committee and the International Union of Architects (UIA)
By: Society of Egyptian Architects (UIA Egyptian National Section) and the academic architecture community

The City of Luxor is now undergoing a wide-ranging programme of urban development. The city's local authority is simultaneously undertaking several projects in the historic areas of the Karnak Temple, the Luxor Temple, the Avenue of the Sphinxes, the Nobles' Tombs of the New Kingdom, and the new and old villages of Gourna on the West Bank. New streets have also opened, and public squares and market places are under renovation. A project for a large marina to house 200 cruise boat hotels and other tourist facilities in an area of about 500 acres, also on the West Bank, is now in the planning stage.

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